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. >> well, good luck with tha >>> raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. all it does is say that america will pay its bills. and water not a dead beat nation. >> sounds simple, doesn't it? but like so many other crises and standoffs from the past two years, raising the nation's debt ceiling is a zero sum props. somebody wins only if somebody else loses. we're speaking of of course politically here, not financially. economically it's hard to find any winners if the treasury can't close the budget gap. runs about $100 million every month. my next guest worries about it a lot. signor partner and managing director of the boston consulting group and author and columnist. so this becomes tricky for people tound, but essentially the debt ceiling, is it the kind of tool that anybody should be used in order to force people to be more austere in the way they spend in the future? >> well, it's a way to do it, but it's a very dangerous way to do it because we start playing with everybody in our economy eye lives. so if we hit the debt ceiling and we don't have a bill that changes
on this one. the upcoming debt, certainly, the debt ceiling set the tone, really, for what to expect, we think, for the next four years. the battle over that, already. do you see that as the case? >> well, it's certainly going to be a big challenge, both for the president and for republicans. you're already hearing from republicans that came out of their retreat yesterday, essentially walking back, that they were going to use this debt ceiling pretty much to -- you know, as the democrats like to say, to take the economy hostage, to demand spending cuts. they have backed off of that, looking at some plan to raise the debt ceiling at least for the next three months, to give some time for those talks to happen. and there is a big challenge in coming together, because the president still really feels like absolutely, the debt needs to be focus on, it's a huge issue, big priority, but it needs to be done in a balanced way so that all the spending cuts are not focused on programs for those who are most vulnerable. so we'll see. >> so ana, do you think that the debt ceiling will set the tone between
it at the time. but the last time we had one of these debt ceiling debacles that embarrassment was the first downgrade of u.s. credit in history. if congress doesn't act and we default for the first time ever, the consequences are likely to be severe for all of us. federal interest costs would likely rise, business and personal borrowing costs would probably follow. it would also make the struggle to manage our historic debt levels tougher. the worst thing that can happen if you're beck lg under debt, is for your interest rate to go up. it could mean higher taxes and more cults to programs and services from the government. any hope for a controlled fix to our debt problem would be compromised. failing to pay for what we've already spent would be hazardous to the fragile economic recovery now gaining steam. just this week we got a reading about construction of new homes. it jumped 12.1% in december compared to the month before. that's the highest in more than four years. first-time claims for unemployment benefits fell to a five-year low. and the stock market that you invested in your 401(k)
to duke it out over the debt ceiling, one said we should get rid of it all together? does ben bernanke have a point? >> the nra releases a new target practice ap for kids as young as 4. >> we have a packed show for you this morning. mike thompson joins us and greg walden is our guest. the congressman and newly crowned miss america, mallory hagen will be joining us. tuesday, january 15th and starting point begins right now. . >>> welcome to starting point. after years and years of lying to the world, lance armstrong is finally coming clean. there report he's confessed to oprah winfrey and he used drugs to win his titles. sources say he is in talks to have some of the millions he was paid by the postal service to sponsor the tour. cnn's ed is live in austin, texas. let's talk about what he told oprah and what the next steps are for lance armstrong. >> the big question will be to what extent did he confess and how much detail is he going to offer? also from the standpoint of how did he offer it and what was the body language there? lance armstrong is an athlete who is vehement in his deni
more cliffs on the horizon, the debt ceiling, sequester and continuing budget resolution. the very beginning of this second movie, how is this going to set the plate? >> well, i think that it's important to note that the hardest part is over. they managed to get through the fiscal cliff without allowing these huge tax increases in spending cuts. they delayed the spending cuts. there's a lot of work ahead of them. there's been deficit reduction they've managed to get done in the past year. the problem, i think, is political. it's not economic. right now, congress is obviously very divided. they're not working together. they're going to have to, if they want to, for instance, raise the debt ceiling and avoid a financial crisis. the question is, can barack obama do a better job of helping them do that because there's been a lot of complaints in congress that he hasn't been leading. he has even offended members of congress by applying they're not doing their job. so i think there's this political question that's overlaid this very thorny economic question. >> will the leadership of thi
in terms of what they can do, specifically on the debt ceiling, for example. we just heard the house republicans are going to try to negotiate a short-term debt ceiling deal so they can try to go for a grand bargain. second-term presidencies have just been spent and filled with misspent political capital that has just eoverreach in terms of presidents looking for a legacy and overspending their political capital. that's the risk president obama -- >> interesting in this cnn poll that just come out, how is president obama handling his job as president, approve 53%, disapprove 42%. but when they are asked how is the country headed, right direction 35%, wrong direction, 57%. they approve of the president but think he's going completely in the wrong direction. he's a lucky boy, many would argue, that he's gotten a second term, given the state of the economy, given the fact that most americans think the country is going in the wrong direction. he's been given that lucky second chance. and he campaigned well. you have to give him that. what are his challenges in the second term? >> the fir
to negotiate with republicans about raising the debt ceiling. >> if the republicans in congress have made a decision that they want to shut down the government in order to get their way, then they have a vote in the house of representatives to do that. >> the problem, that's what they say they're going to do. great to see you birthday. david, the president himself saying, i acknowledge it, a government shut-down is a possibility. cathy mcmorris rogers of washington state told politico, i think it's possible we would shut down the government. so here we are, we're getting to a problem. treasury secretary tim gietner said mid-february/march is as far as he can go. who blinks first? >> this is like one of the situations in the monkey cage at the zoo where the monkeys bang their chole their chests and look as powerful as possible. the president is escalating this situation. no 14th amendment option. do it my way or we plunge the public credit of the united states into bankruptcy. and the republicans are responding equivalently by saying to the president, we're not scared. we're not scared of
sides when it comes to president and congress, this debt ceiling fight. >> that's right. although now we're seeing some of the temperatures lower there because every was expecting for this to be during the last time out, republicans saying let's deal with this for the next three mos, deal with the longer one later. the white house encouraged -- they're encouraged by what they're hearing but clearly it's not going to be easy. but certainly i think not as contentious as we were thinking in the short term. >> we'll see how that relationship develops if at all or e vovls throughout the next term. dan, thanks very much. john has some of the other headlines this hour. >>> including the manti te'o story. twists and turns if that mysterious case of the notre dame linebacker and his fictitious girlfriend. notre dame linebacker says he was the victim of a cruel hoax. he spoke off kacamera with espn jeremy schaap and said as recently as last wednesday he believed his girlfriend was real person even know he never met her. schaap says he seemed believable and sincere throughout the interview. >> i ca
of the debt ceiling, whether the country falls into recession again? is that the way to go about it? >> the debt ceiling it is truth. think about this, can dirk the first time in our country. >> reminding people president himself, when he was in the senate, voted against the debt ceiling, these people that he is suggest want the country to go into default are doing the same thing when he was a senator, he changed his mind. absolutely not. did he vote against. he has spoken to that that was a political vote answered has learned from that but at the time, congress wasn't threatening to say we are not going to pay our bills unless we get what we want, deeper cuts in medicare than required or tank the economy. this false equivalence needs to stop. the barrier to progress here is not the president. we need more republicans in congress to think like republicans in the country who are seeking compromise, seeking balance, because we are poised here to really grow. if washington can do its part and not get in the way, our economies continue to grow, we can make big progress. >> this a presid
separate from the debt ceiling. >> raising the debt ceiling does not authorize us to spend more. all it does is say that america will pay its bills, and we are not a deadbeat nation. >> clearly house speaker john boehner thinks differently. he responded by saying, quote, the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. >>> these pens are designed to be used only by one person, but an investigation discovered that many of them were used on multiple people. >>> are you in hawaii or going there anytime soon? surfers, beware. check out this video. it's a real-life jauss. two sharks were swimming dangerously close to the show. can you believe it? look at that. you could wade in and be bitten, eaten. last year there were a total of 11 shark attacks in hawaii. >> that's what i call dangerously close. >> oh, my goodness. >> so some people in the southeast waking up to the dual danger of flooding and ice. alexandra steele in the weather center. good morning. >> good morning, guys. each snow potentially for you around new york c
illustrate why we are going to have the big fights over the next couple of months to raise the debt ceiling and two-thirds of the republican caucuses voted for this. they want to send a message that they really, really needed it, that they want to cut spending for every doll they put out there, even on disaster relief, which historically has not been required to have an offset. >> and definitely has ruffled feathers in the last congress. all of our viewers i'm sure will rememb how new jersey governor chris christie didn't hold back in showing how angry he was at congress, the house, and specifically speaker boehner when the vote was delayed last time. listen to him. this is on january 2nd. >> new jersey deserves better than the due police tea we saw displayed last night. america deserves better than just another example of a government that has forgotten who is the to serve and why. 66 days and counting. shame on you. shame on congress. >> when you listen to that and when you listen to the house floor and sound bites before , s what you're saying why speaker boehner did what he did in the v
to the fact that they've moved off the fight on the debt ceiling a few months. he believes he can deal with them and, as you heard, get some kind of grand bargain. i need to be convinced of that, wolf. >> part two of your interview coming up later. >> he tells us, how does he know when the president is mad at him. >> interesting to see that. thank you. good work. >>> in a moment, the latest on the breaking news we've been following a shooting at a community college in houston, texas. there's going to be a news conference from the sheriff there. we'll update you with what is going on. humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. at liberty mutual insurance, we understand. that's why our auto policies come with accident forgiveness if you qualify, where your rates won't go up due to your first accident, and new car replacement, where, if you total your new car, we give you the money for a new one. call... to talk to an insurance expert about everything else that comes standard with our base auto policy. and if you get into an accid
's an upcoming one with the debt ceiling. ep has to acknowledge this not so pretty reality in the washington as he gives a speech that's supposed to be inspirational. >> the reality is the same congress he was working with on friday will be the same congress he's working with come tuesday despite the speech. we'll watch closely to see more details coming up. thank you so much. we'll watch more of this ahead. >> we always know security is tight in washington, but for the inauguration, it is as tight as it can possibly get, like the motherload of security here. joe johns is here with us to talk about the whole situation. what are we seeing? >> well, john, first of all, there are probably going to be something like 12,000 security people that we know of in and around the national mall for all of the events. so let's break that down a little bit. there are about 4,000 d.c. police officers all of whom will be available for security, different shifts probably working between 12 and 1 hours on sunday and on monday. we have something like 6,000 national guard people, men and women, who are brought h
forward on some key issues such as gun control, immigration reform, tries to deal with the debt ceiling. and finally, we're told that the president will push to get the public engaged, engaged in their community, engaged in the issues to put pressure on congress to move the president's initiatives forward, john. this is seen as sort of the stage one or the act one, part two will be the president's state of the union address where he'll add more details to his proposals. >> you split it into acts there, dan, appropriate because we saw the president today, the swearing-in ceremony, but because this is a sunday, we saw him only briefly in the blue room. how has he been spending the rest of the day, and what are his plans for this evening? >> reporter: this evening within this hour, the president will be heading to the building museum for a candlelight reception there. he will be making remarks, but much of the day, you know, was quite busy earlier in the day, then had some down time. the president's still working on his speech. we're told that he's in the final stages. he did a lot of it o
contact.com/try. >>> to washington now where yet another battle is brewing, this time it's over the debt ceiling and from the white house to capitol hill democrats and republicans are sparring over the best way to ensure the nation pays its bills and now they're taking the fight to you as both sides try to sell their point of view. president obama warning about what could happen if that debt limit is not raised. >> if congressional republicans refuse to pay america's bills on time, social security checks, and veterans benefits will be delayed. we might not be able to pay our troops or contracts with small business owners. investors around the world will ask if the united states of america a safe bet. >> the republican house speaker john boehner responding immediately to the president's remarks issuing a statement that read "the american people do not support raising the debt ceiling without reducing government spending at the same time. the consequences of failing to increase the debt ceiling are real, but so, too, are the consequences of allowing our spending problem to go unresolved." joining us is amy kremer, c
a vote that will delay the debt ceiling for three months. so what they are doing, if you really look at house republicans who took the majority two years ago, they did it standing on principle for pretty much every squirmish. it seems that they are becoming a bit more sophisticated, rather, but their understanding, it seems, is that you have to pick your battles. losing credit ratings and so forth, that's not a smart battle to wage. look at some of the most conservative members of the house talking to deirdre walsh at the end of their retreat for three days about picking their battles in a better way. >> deal with the smaller ones first, maybe build up a little momentum, credibility, not only with the credit markets but with the folks back home, that we can actually deal with these things, take the small one first, debt ceiling last, i think it's a rational, reasonable thing to do. >> now, for some, wolf, maybe even those in the republican house leadership, like him talking about what is rational and reasonable, that may be a bit jarring but the house republicans are coming out of th
are at an extreme disadvantage, for example, the debt ceiling, let's just use that as one example. republicans said we don't want to raise the debt ceiling. president obama said i'm not going to bargain with the debt ceiling and republicans in congress are going to vote to raise temporarily the debt ceiling on wednesday. it seems the president has the upper hand, and maybe that's why his speech was so darned tough. >> well, look, there's no doubt that being the president of the united states gives you the biggest bully pulpit there is in the nation, and i think he realized that and he is using it. part of that speech yesterday talked about taking it to the citizens and having the citizens continue being part of this process and pushing, but you know, with the debt ceiling, i think republicans were actually trying to extend an olive branch and found themselves rebuffed yesterday. if we had said pick the most controversial, divisive issues in the country right now, they are the issues that president obama chose to speak of yesterday. he's got a state of the union coming up in a couple of weeks. i wou
in the politics of that. he has fights around the debt ceiling coming up and to make this the issue, how do you think that will work? >> that's why i wonder how serious he is. i'm not questioning his motives. now he knows for the next two months all we're going to be talking about is the debt ceiling, sequestration, the continuing resolution, ending the fiscal cliff, all of these. >> you're not questioning his motives of what he's suggesting. he'd rather have a conversation about guns than the debt ceiling? >> i think the president is trying to get political support from his base, maybe he feels it strengthens him going into negotiations with the republicans or the fiscal issues. listen these guys won't even ban assault weapons, how can you trust them on taxes and spending. i see it as building up his political position which is not wrong but i don't think in his heart of hearts he thinks he's going to pass any significant legislation. >> congressman king in the studio after my asking all the time. >> i couldn't stay away from you, soledad. >> she's not really a tough interviewer is she? >> she
're not worrying about re-election. you saw that, for example, in the debt ceiling fight. first debt ceiling fight in 2011, the president could not go to the brink, because he was worried if they went over the brink -- >> sure. >> -- economic downturn, you don't win. now you can take a harder line. on the other hand in a second term there's often the sense that you have a narrow window on domestic issues with congress, probably about a year, maybe two at the most to get things done and then your attention usually turns more to foreign policy. but the biggest thing is that 1600 pennsylvania avenue is kind of a dangerous neighborhood. if you hang around there long enough, the odds start going against you. often the second term has been very tough for presidents. we'll see if this one can avoid that precedent. >> never heard it described that way. dangerous neighborhood. dangerous territory. >> yes. >> ron brownstein, nice to see you this morning. thank you very much. >>> next hour, what are we missing? is there an issue that no one is talking about now that will define the president's second term? w
a bit about the debt ceiling. we now have the president, he's already gotten this offer from the house republicans for this extension, this three-month extension. and then i guess that nobody would get paid if the senate doesn't buy this. so do you expect a big fight ahead on this as well? >> well, we expected a much bigger fight. there was that sense that this was building up to be like what we saw in the past. but the white house says they're encouraged by what republicans are doing. you hear senate majority leader harry reid as well, saying that they're encouraged by this move. because, as you know, republicans were saying that they would not raise the debt ceiling on this. there were these equal spending cuts. and the president came out and said, i'm not going to negotiate on this. so this is, i guess you could say, taking some of the air out of that balloon. it won't be intense, at least over the next few months. >> what other issue do you think is going to dominate the early days of this second term? >> i think it has to be immigration reform. that's something that the president
deficit reduction plan. understand that fitch is not just looking for an 11th hour debt ceiling deal that sets the table for another mini crisis down the road. the federal government hit the debt limit as you know on december 31st. the treasury is using so-called extraordinary measures to pay its bills through mid-february or early march. now, fitch predicts washington will extend the debt ceiling despite the current war of words between president obama and republicans in congress. what happens if we get downgraded? it happened before. remember 2011, when standard & poor's did it. that hit markets and the wider economy hard, but it didn't cause interest rates to increase. this time could be different, however, because the rest of the world is getting its act together. even successful businesses like ford are worried. here's what ceo alan mulally told me today. >> i think the most important thing to your point is that we come together around a solution that allows us to live within our means, to reduce our budget deficits, and also to deal with our trade deficits, and create an enviro
to borrow money to make up the deficit, but only up to a certain limit. that's the debt ceiling. treasury does not make decisions about how the money is spent. they are simply empowered in this case to write the checks to pay the bills that are already incurred by your democratically elected congress. the way you would if you are a little short on your monthly bills. refinancing a little bit. that will get us through maybe mid-february to early march. once that stops working, the treasury needs to rely on the cash that it has on hand and the revenue that comes in from taxes. problem is, there isn't that much cash on hand or enough money coming in on most days to cover the expenses. if there were, we wouldn't have a deficit. let me give you an example. february 15th. i choose that day because that might be the day. might be a little early but it might be the day that we stop being able to mess things around. okay. the federal government on that day will take in an estimated $9 billion in revenues. again, that is mostly taxes. on the same day, $52 million will need to be paid out. we've got
is up against republicans, he trying to work on the debt ceiling. you have the whole issue of whether or not the debt ceiling is going to be raised, whether or not that is going to be held hostage to actually paying the bills the government has to pay. you also talk about immigration reform. where does this fit in in terms of the president's priorities, do you think? >> well, from where i sat today, obviously it seems to be a very high priority for the president of the united states. i'll let the white house and the administration answer how they're going to deal with congress. that's their task, not mine. but i'm confident that the president, the vice president and the entire administration is going to do everything they can to get the package they proposed today through congress. and, you know, when you heard the president say, i think it's essential, american citizens, the american people have to demand this. we have to act. when you have 1,000 people nearly killed in last 30 days at the hands of gun, when you have mass tragedies like happened in connecticut, aurora, colorado, oreg
its top credit rating. the debt ceiling is still causing ago any. according to the fed's latest snapshot, some businesses are saying, we're not going to hire. >>> our fourth story out front. the american hostages in algeria. defense secretary, leon panetta, today, quick to call it a terrorist attack as he is traveling in europe. the interior minister says they are angry for the french offensive in mali. they attacked an oil field killing two and seizing a number of hostages. we have been working this story throughout the day. the exact number of u.s. hostages is unclear perhaps as few as three americans are being held. earlier in the day, we had heard it would be as many as seven. it is unclear if the number is wrong or some were able to escape. what are the latest reports there on the hostage situation? >> reporter: as you said, erin, we are still hearing conflicting reports about the number of hostages still being held. we are seeking confirmation from the british prime minister's office as to whether one of those hostages they have claimed to have killed was, indeed, british.
crisis it seems every couple months. we had the debt ceiling, the fiscal crisis, and that's really the tip of the iceberg that is coming our way based on unbelievable demographics and unbelievably unsustainable government spending. what i want to do is take what i learned and hopefully apply it to again a great conundrum that now exists in washington, which is how do we get our financial house in order? >> i wish you all the very best. thank you for joining me again tonight. it's a pleasure to talk to you as it was last time. i genuinely wish you well. i'm glad you're making another go at this. good luck with it. >> i appreciate it, thanks. >>> a critic who says newtown changed everything, but the nra doesn't get it, and the gun advocate who says america doesn't have a gun problem. they just have a values problem. my doctor told me calcium is efficiently absorbed in small continuous amounts. citracal slow release continuously releases calcium plus d with efficient absorption in one daily dose. citracal slow release. stay top of mind with customers? from deals that bring them in wit
likely i'm going to have some republicans come with me. he was tough on the debt ceiling. he was tough on the fiscal showdown. when he got tough, boehner had to let some republicans go his way. i think he want unity. the path is being tough and being clear about what he wants to get done bp. >> if you look at lift, second terms have not worked out how most presidents think they will work out. something happens. president bush, the financial crisis. president clinton, the impeachment. >> this guy is awesome. >> stuff happens. clean it up. it's family show. george w. bush never mentioned terrorism. that was the topic that dominated his term. i re-eisenhower's second inaugur inaugural. the most important thing was to send troops into little rock. i think most of these presidents have no idea what they're about to encounter. >> outside events end up shaping the legacy and how they respond. the president's maximum political power and validation is right now in this moment and in the next year. the question is does he strike while the iron is hot an does he take to the tendency which will be
the whole debt ceiling issue, and also immigration reform. something that the president said would be a top priority. so a lot of different events for the president today. capping it off will be two balls. on official inaugural ball and the commander in chief ball taking place tonight. key folks will be taking part in ceremonies today. in particular, some hispanics playing an important role. chief justice sonja sotomayor, takie ing place on the swearing of the president. the inaugural committee has chosen a cuban american to read an original poem. cuban american civil jeer and author, richard blanco. so hispanics playing an important role on an important day in washington. john. >> a long day of firsts and a long day of celebration. dan lothian at the white house this morning. the crowd expected to turn up at the national mall, not expected to be as large as four years ago, when 1.8 million people crowded into the city. they are still expecting some 800,000 people today. nothing to thumb your nose at. christi paul on the national mall where crowds are gathering. >> they are gathering and dr
with this debt ceiling, we do it in a fiscally responsible manner. >> would you be willing given your point of view overall in borrowing money that if kansas pays in a dollar, gets $1 back so 12 cents of every dollar, assume for a moment that number is right, this is the tax foundation number, that you would give that back, kansas would get a whole lot less from the federal government right now, would you sign on to that? >> well, i don't agree with those numbers. we got a whole tax code that actually helps states like new york that have higher taxes because they can take that off their federal income taxes. that has to be part of that as well. but i think we need to do -- certainly helping those in need is probably something we should be doing but if you're not going to spend 80% of the dollars for two years, what's the rush? let's get to the direct needs right now and that's what i think's important. that's why i offered transparency amendment that said let's go see where this money is going. that went on there. i think that's important. fema needs reform. we should have reformed it the l
for future, because they're going to have a hard time with the debt ceiling. that 27 could go to 12. >> there is usually somewhere lower to go. thank you very much, john avalon. >>> all right, well "outfront" next, we are learning new details about the american hostages in algeria. the family of one hostage spoke with cnn's david mattingly today. he's been chasing that down and he is going to be "outfront" in a moment. and more trouble for boeing. the electric problem of the dreamliner leading more countries to ground planes from america's biggest company. about health care...se i tuned it all out. with unitedhealthcare, i get information that matters... my individual health profile. not random statistics. they even reward me for addressing my health risks. so i'm doing fine... but she's still going to give me a heart attack. we're more than 78,000 people looking out for more than 70 million americans. that's health in numbers. unitedhealthcare. diarrhea, gas, bloating? yes! one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three stra
with me. he was tough on the debt ceiling, he was tough on the fiscal showdown. when he got tough, finally, bainer had to let republicans go his way. i think he wants unity, but the path to unity is not kumbaya, it's being tough and being clear about what he wants to get done for the country. >> second terms have not worked out how most presidents think they're going to work out. something happens, president bush the financial crisis, president clinton the impeachment. paul, another thing you said, the inaugural is another blueprint etched in sand? >> this guy's awesome. >> the great philosopher who first said, stuff happens. president bush, who ari served -- in his first inaugural never mentioned terrorism. that was the topic that dominated his term. i reread eisenhower's inaugural, he gave a stirring speech about the cold war and confronting communism. the most important thing he did in his second term was send troops into little rock. not into berlin, but little rock to enforce desegregation, he signed the first civil rights law since the civil war. he hardly spoke about that in the sec
than that. is it possible to get immigration, gun control, the debt ceiling, really think about how you curb spending, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, climate control, energy policy -- all done in that one to two-year window. >> i think that we will be able to do most, if not all of those things. and certainly attempt to do all of them. all of them are important issues. all of them are things the president cares deeply about that many members of congress care deeply about. but most importantly, they're things that the american people care about. with that momentum going forward, we'll try to tackle them. >> joaquin, nice to have you with us. we appreciate it. have a great afternoon and great day. let's bring in jeff toobin, who is right over here. i want to show people how close we are to the capitol. jeff, if you look up here, this is the perfect view to watch the president being sworn in. >> it really is great. one of the things you don't realize is how close they are together. it is a very ipt mat scene up there. the chief justice of the united states, as famous and powerful as he i
mean he was in command of that discussion. he didn't move, he made the country move toward him. debt ceiling, same way. now his appointments, same way. david gergen wrote a great piece on cnn.com about obama 2.0, tougher, stronger. and i think he's found his stride again. i think you're going to see it tomorrow on the podium. >> let's talk about the appointments right now, you brought that up. you were at the white house at the beginning of the first term. how does it differ from what we're likely to see in terms of the personnel at the beginning of the second term. >> when you first go in there's a complete turnover. all the civil servants are still there, but all the political appointments are brand new. you're trying to figure out where do you get the tape continues pennsylvaniaer, that's not going to be the next situation. you're going to have more continuity and i think that you're going to have you're going to have a besser sense of what the president is able to do with his hand. i think people are missing the big story here. it's not just the people who are going to be working
in washington. it was a learning process. you know, there were bumps along the way, the debt ceiling crisis with republicans refused to come to the table and compromise. we had to take it outside washington to affect change inside washington and we've been successful at that. >> jody canter also mentioned the obama are more confident, though more scarred. you were the chief of staff for the first lady during the 2008 campaign. how has the last four years changed her? some say it's changed mrs. obama more than it's changed president obama. >> i don't think that's true. i think you look, we're all human and being the president and first lady is an incredible privilege and they appreciate that every single moment of every single day but it's also not an easy job. the first lady relishes in the things she's been able to get done. the let's move campaign has mobilized the country around keeping kids healthy. the things she's done for military families and the great concert we had last night to celebrate military families. you know, i think like anything in life, four years into it, you have a be
a debt ceiling soon. a list of if you're aggressive, 25 things. does he have to pair that list down be to one? i mean if you're only giving him a year window before essentially let's say two, before it's a lame duck, you know, is it one thing to go for or 20 things or five things? >> circumstances will pare it or expand it. who would have predicted six weeks ago we would talk about gun control as a major item on that list. presidents react to events much more than they control events and that's true first term, second term. ronald reagan is a classic xarm. is the reagan second term a failure because of iran-contra or a success because of the treaty. immigration reform, tax reform. whatever you hear about the second term curse be skeptical. >> is there an annual gis time in history to where president obama is now, some place we're told that lots of time the speech writers and presidents look at past inaugural addresses for inspiration? where in history can this president find that inspiration? >> you know, it's tough to find a time when we've been so polarized. thomas jefferson, peop
are talking more about his run being for president. he closed the deal on the debt ceiling with mitch mcconnell. he was the spokesman for the gun initiative. these are high-profile roles that presidents don't have to give to vice presidents. this is how important joe biden has become in this administration. >> they clearly have an incredible relationship. gloria borger just spent some time with the vice president. gloria, if you can hear me, talk a little about what we're seeing right now. >> i think you're seeing vintage joe biden. this is the joe biden that those of us who have covered him for quite some time know pretty well. i mean, it's unvarnished. this is not his parade but he's kind of turning it into his parade. i think he knows, wolf, that this could be his last parade unless he does run again. he wouldn't commit to me one way or another. i think he's surely thinking about it. we were talking here about how fit joe biden is. for a man his age. when i was -- i interviewed him in the old executive office building on friday. look at him run. and that's how he walks down the hall a
the summer debt ceiling debate. guess what? shares of goldman have gained 48% in 2012. the rally has continued this year. goldman sachs shares right now are up 2.5% in the premarket, carol? >> all right, alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. >>> a huge winter mess stretches from maine to mississippi. there's a 40-mile backup in massachusetts. new prilosec otc wildberry is the same frequent heartburn treatment as prilosec otc. now with a fancy coating that gives you a burst of wildberry flavor. now why make a flavored heartburn pill? because this is america. and we don't just make things you want, we make things you didn't even know you wanted. like a spoon fork. spray cheese. and jeans made out of sweatpants. so grab yourself some new prilosec otc wildberry. [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. to help protect your eye health as you age... would you take it? well, there is. [ male announcer ] it's called ocuvite. a vitamin totally dedicated to your eyes, from the eye care experts at bau
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about, guns and -- and of course the debt ceiling. all kinds of stuff going on. >> you know, it's an unusual thing. we had an election, and then immediately we had some fierce partisan combat because of the fiscal cliff deadlines. usually you have a period where everyone kind of goes home after the election, then they come back in january. we didn't have that. so things are hot right now in washington. and, you know, frankly, the lesson of the december congressional session does not give one a lot of optimism going forward. it's going to be hand-to-hand combat where stuff only gets passed under when there's intense pressure either because of a deadline or because one of the two parties is embarrassed ton act. that's basically what happened in the lame duck session. republicans finally pushed through that fiscal cliff bill because they were scared of the consequences if they didn't. >> yeah. we have some noise going on here. we apologize for that noise taking place here. >> not singing. >> no. there we go. probably a lot of testing and things going on here on the mall. we can con
and file about a short-term extension of the nation's debt ceiling. it might be brief, authorization the nation's borrowing authority for a couple of months at the republican retreat in williamsburg, virginia right now. the house budget committee chairman, paul ryan says it might offer a better chance of getting the democratic-controlled senate and white house involved in talks without a deal by march. drastic spending cuts could kick in and the government could face a possible shutdown. there seems to be kate a little movement on that. we'll see how far it goes. >> when they all get back. >>> a key part of every u.s. president's swearing in is of course the bible that he has placed, that he places his hand on when placing the oath of office. cnn's lisa sylvester had a pretty rare look and was able to actually look and touch the bible. >> touched it yourself. >> i've got to say, this was a pretty cool assignment. >> it's very unique and a really neat part of the inauguration. >> this is something that i learned. the library of congress actually has 1,500 bibles in i
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